The Sundowner Neighbourhood Pub has HDTV screens, name that tune on Fridays and karaoke on Saturday nights.
The 'Downer has been in this location for many years. The pub is situated in the basement, the entrance is off to the east side of the building.
This used to be a regular Friday-after-work spot when I worked close by. Other than a shared plate of nachoes and the free popcorn, I never did eat much here.
The OH and I needed a quick, cheap lunch. Stopping in on a Thursday noon, the place was pretty quiet.
Ambiance: nothing has been done to update this place in well over twenty years. The carpeting is worn, the interior seems dingy. Holes in the upholstery of the 80's style chairs. The place SMELLED of old, not-very-well cleaned bathroom.
Service was prompt, friendly and attentive. No complaints at all there.
Food was lower-end pub style. I had a fish burger with onion rings, the OH had sweet chili chicken and wonton pieces. The tiny peice of fish in the burger was 'way too old and fish-y, the lettuce looked like a piece picked up off the floor at closing time. Tomato was so under-ripe I wonder why they bothered including it. Onion rings, on the other hand, while they were frozen, precoated style, were hot and non-greasy. The OH's chicken consisted of one small piece of bare poached chicken breast tender, several deep fried wonton skins and a drizzle of bottled sweet chili sauce. I've rated the food as "decent" just because we didn't get sick from it...
Value? Portions were very small, quality of food was just barely edible. I didn't finish the fish.
Such a disappointment from a place that could have such potential. With lots of newer pubs up the Scott Road corridor, I'm not sure how this place has stayed in business.
Went here for a quick dinner after running some errands. Used the entertainment coupon and thank goodness we did. We ordered the onion rings, calamari platter and the special was $1.49/ taco which we ordered 4 (2 soft shell and 2 hard shell). Well the calamari was a bit overcooked and tasted more of the batter than any squid. The onion rings were good. The tacos were nothing to rave about. They tasted like some you would make at home when you ran out of real food. The ambiance was dated. It looked like they have not done anything to the place since the 80's. The service was very good. The waitresses were tentative and friendly. It was a satisfactory experience. I would not venture back anytime soon as there are a lot of better and more modern pubs out there.
Stopped here a few nights ago with my husband after helping a friend move. We were so hungry! We walked in and the place looked run down and old. The carpets smelled of stale alcohol. The place was totally outdated. I wanted to move on to something else, but my husband was so hungry that we sat down and gave it a try. We sat in the center and had a slight view of the kitchen and bar. The servers were very friendly, helpful and polite. I ordered a chicken burger and salad with a beer,my husband the fish and a beer. It took a total of maybe 5mins and we had received our food. I remember telling my husband that was too fast and that it should take longer than that to cook a chicken breast. (Cause I am a line cook by trade.) I was a little worried, and for good reason. The salad was boring and consisted of alittle lettuce some what wilted and a few diced tomatoes and not so fresh green onion. The burger was the worst. The chicken was hard and dry and was like chewing on shoe leather, definitly not a fresh breast. That would expain how the food came out so fast. On to my husbands fish, which is definitly not homemade like advertised. Two pieces of fish that look like over cooked hockey pucks that were just pulled from a freezer and forgot about in the deep fryer. But thats not possible cause the food was served to us in 5 min. The only thing worth eating was the fries, but those were disappointing too, cause the rest of the food was horrible. I did not eat my burger and only moved the salad around on my plate. My husband choked down one piece of fish and a few fries just to kill the pain. We had the rest packed to go and threw it out on the way home and hit the drive thru. Pains me to say it was a waste of money and would not go back or tell friends that this is the place to dine.
In fact it is the complete opposite.
I've been to Sundowner twice in two days. Last nite I went with a group of 5 and we ate and had pitchers. We ordered the beefdip, chicken fingers and fries and the veggie stir fry. We all enjoyed the food and drink and the tables were open so we had a few games of free pool as well. Today we went at lunch for toonie burgers and the soccer game and we found they were very good and I will be back for this deal again. My daughter had a veggie quesidilla and she said it was good as well. Both waitresses and the bartender were very friendly and helpful. Yes I agree with the previous post that the place needs an update but this pub serves a lot of regulars in the residential neighborhood it sits within and let's remember....this is a pub not Earls. You want amazing food go there and pay their prices. You want a drink and some pretty decent food for the money in a nice friendly place go to the Sundowner. I will go back there.